News Items Archives

2017

December

  • December 11, 2017

    APMA and AOPA submitted a joint letter on December 5 to CMS expressing concern regarding the proposed changes to the DMEPOS Quality Standards, specifically on the changes that address custom fabricated shoe inserts for diabetic patients.

  • December 11, 2017

    Friday December 15 is the deadline for you to sign up and complete all of the forms if you plan to use the registry to submit MIPS components (for most, that means ACI and/or CPIA) for performance year 2017.

  • December 4, 2017

    As a reminder, December is the last month for eligible clinicians to perform measures for any of the three performance categories for the MIPS 2017 Performance Period, which ends on December 31.

  • December 1, 2017

    In a major development for APMA's VA Provider Equity Act, the bill was adopted Wednesday as an amendment to the bipartisan Senate Caring for our Veterans Act of 2017, legislation that would renew funding for the program that allows veterans to receive health care at non-VA facilities when appropriate care is not readily accessible at a local VA facility.

November

October

  • October 30, 2017

    APMA submitted a comment letter last week on Wednesday, October 25, in response to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) request for information on its proposed Draft Strategic Plan 2018–22.

  • October 30, 2017

    Do you have questions about the APMA Registry, our new member benefit that will help save you thousands of dollars in Medicare reimbursements? Learn more in the recorded version of the "MACRA Made Easy: Registry Reporting" APMA's webinar coming soon.

  • October 23, 2017

    A new set of FAQs addresses the MIPS quality payment program. It is available on the MACRA resource page, along with other valuable MACRA-related tools.

  • October 23, 2017

    APMA's Bylaws and Procedures Committee has drafted proposed changes to the bylaws, which would be considered by the 2018 House of Delegates and enacted by procedures modifications at the 2019 House of Delegates meeting. APMA is seeking feedback from members on these proposed changes. Feedback is due November 30, 2017.

  • October 16, 2017

    The 17th Annual Joint National CAC-PIAC Representatives' Meeting will take place November 10–11 in Baltimore. If you have insurance or reimbursement concerns you would like to be discussed during the meeting, contact the Health Policy and Practice department. All state component executive directors are invited to attend.

  • October 16, 2017

    Young physicians from across the country came together for leadership training and networking this past weekend at the 2017 Young Physicians’ Institute at PICA headquarters in Franklin, TN.

  • October 16, 2017

    Register today for APMA’s upcoming webinar, “Special CEO Briefing: Young Physician Advocacy,” hosted by APMA CEO and Executive Director James R. Christina, DPM, on December 5 at 1 p.m. ET! All young physician members are invited and encouraged to attend.

  • Des Moines University Scholarship Recipients Send Gratitude
    October 11, 2017

    APMA Educational Foundation Scholarship recipients thank the APMA Educational Foundation for investing in their education.

  • October 5, 2017

    CMS is announcing the results of the first Qualifying APM Participant (QP) determinations based on eligible clinician participation in the 2017 Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs). APMA encourages members to use the new interactive look-up tool where many 2017 Advanced APM participants can look up their QP status based on calculations from claims with dates of service between January 1, 2017, and March 31, 2017, for the first QP snapshot.

  • October 2, 2017

    Effective as of October 1, there are more than 750 changes to ICD-10 made by CMS. Specifically for foot and ankle specialists, the changes break down as follows:

  • October 2, 2017

    APMA has a new professional purchase program for members: Wool Fresh is offering an 80-percent discount on all products available on the Wool Fresh website: www.woolfresh.com.

September

  • APMA Defeats Proposed Orthotics and Prosthetics Rule
    September 28, 2017

    APMA celebrated a major advocacy victory this week when CMS withdrew proposed rule CMS-6012-P, which would have required previously exempted, qualified practitioners including podiatrists to obtain additional certification and licensing to furnish and fabricate orthotics and prosthetics.

  • September 26, 2017

    Effective October 1 are 750 changes to ICD-10 made by CMS.

  • September 22, 2017

    APMA encourages members to use our Opioid Use and Abuse Prevention resource page, which includes a drug abuse screening test, CDC guidelines for prescribing, a state reference manual and more. The special publication and our resources support APMA’s resolutions.

  • September 18, 2017

    APMA submitted a comment letter last week on Monday, September 11, in response to CMS’ proposed rule for the CY 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule.

  • In Memoriam: Jerry D. Brant, DPM
    September 18, 2017

    APMA is saddened to announce that Past President Jerry D. Brant, DPM, passed away September 17 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

  • September 11, 2017

    While CMS is permitting providers to “Pick Your Pace” for MIPS reporting and participation in 2017, if you are planning select the full participation option and participate for 90 days, the last day to start is October 2.

  • September 5, 2017

    CMS has updated its Medicare fraud and improper payment audit process to target providers and suppliers who frequently demonstrate high medical billing error rates. The new Targeted Probe and Educate method replaces a medical review strategy that included broad medical billing investigations and provider education.

  • Participate in Get Ahead of Sepsis Effort
    September 5, 2017

    CDC has released Get Ahead of Sepsis, a national effort to encourage health-care professionals, patients, and caregivers to prevent infections, be alert to the signs of sepsis, and act fast if sepsis is suspected. Use the online toolkit to participate.

August

  • August 21, 2017

    APMA submitted comments to CMS on August 21 in response to its proposed rule on CY 2018 Updates to the Quality Payment Program (QPP) and MIPS Year 2, which will impact Medicare payments made to physicians in 2020.

  • Instructions to Receive Your CECH Report from The National
    August 21, 2017

    To receive your continuing education certificate of attendance and verification report, you must complete the overall meeting evaluation. Follow the below instructions to do so.

  • APMA Center for Professional Advocacy Advocates for Podiatry at Legislative Summit
    August 14, 2017

    APMA staff and members from the Massachusetts Podiatric Medical Society (MPMS) recently attended the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), August 6–9 in Boston. NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the nation's 50 states, commonwealths, and territories.

  • Update to Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System A5513
    August 14, 2017

    On August 10, the DME Medicare Administrative Contractors (DME MACs) updated its previous guidance on Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) A5513. The latest joint bulletin from the DME MACs clarified that the A5513 insoles must be made from a direct molding of patient’s foot or a model of the patient’s foot.

  • 2017 Quality Payment Program Hardship Exception Application Open
    August 7, 2017

    Clinicians can now submit quality payment program hardship exception applications. The Quality Payment Program Hardship Exception Application for the 2017 transition year is now available on the Quality Payment Program website.

  • AACPM Launches #IChosePodiatry Social Media Campaign
    August 7, 2017

    As APMA wraps up its own career awareness campaign, #OperateLikeAGirl, we’d like to introduce you to a new social media effort spearheaded by the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (AACPM). The #IChosePodiatry campaign is a great way to feature members and the profession as a positive choice for prospective students. Check out AACPM’s Instagram account to see how it works (and see who has already participated!).

  • APHA Get Ready Day, Falls Prevention Awareness Day
    August 7, 2017

    In an ongoing effort to encourage members to engage in public health initiatives, APMA invites you to start planning how you will participate in two exciting events: the American Public Health Association's (APHA) Get Ready Day on September 19; and Falls Prevention Awareness Day on September 22.

  • August 7, 2017

    Representatives from APMA met with representatives from CMS’ Center for Program Integrity (CPI) on August 2 to discuss APMA’s position on Proposed Rule CMS-6012-P.

  • Health-Care Common Procedure Coding System A5513 Update
    August 7, 2017

    The DME Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) and the Pricing, Data Analysis and Coding (PDAC) contractor have posted a recent update on the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) A5513, which, arguably, appears to be in conflict with current practice and guidance.

July

June

May

  • May 22, 2017

    During the APMA State Advocacy Forum, the Center for Professional Advocacy announced it will award innovation grants to state component societies in states that already include the ankle in their scope of practice.

  • May 22, 2017

    Two key APMA committees met in the Washington, DC, area last week to discuss current reimbursement issues and how to help APMA members protect their bottom line.

  • May 15, 2017

    APMA’s Center for Professional Advocacy (CPA) held its biennial State Advocacy Forum in Salt Lake City this past weekend. More than 60 participants attended, including liaisons from 32 states, APMA board members, CPAAG members, and this year’s three recipients of APMA’s Young Physician Advocate Scholarship.

  • May 15, 2017

    APMA’s Coding Committee and Health Policy and Practice Committee will convene later this week to review ongoing reimbursement issues and set their committee agendas for the 2017–18 program year.

  • May 15, 2017

    CMS is currently sending letters directly to providers on whether or not they are exempted from MIPS reporting.

  • APMA Officially a CMS QCDR for 2017
    May 10, 2017

    APMA’s new data registry has been approved by CMS as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry for 2017!

  • May 8, 2017

    APMA members are reminded that CMS issued a notice in March that changes to the Advance Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage (ABN), Form CMS-R-131, and form instructions have been approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for renewal. The effective date for use of this ABN form is June 21.

  • May 8, 2017

    Thirty-two state components and more than 60 state leaders will attend the APMA State Advocacy Forum later this week in Salt Lake City. With a theme of “Advocacy Innovation,” forum attendees will explore creative techniques to advance the profession at the state level.

  • Only a Few Seats Left! Register Now for the Expo and Coding Seminar
    May 4, 2017

    Be one of the lucky ones to get a seat at the APMA Practice Management Expo & Coding Seminar where you'll earn up to 11 CECH in a small group setting.

  • May 2, 2017

    Today, APMA Treasurer Seth Rubenstein, DPM, and APMA member Steven Goldman, DPM, testified before the House Committee on Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Health about the impact physician pay disparity has on veterans' ability to access quality foot and ankle care. Watch their testimony, and take a moment to contact your own legislator to reinforce their efforts.

  • May 1, 2017

    May 2 at 2 p.m. EDT, American Board of Podiatric Medicine (ABPM) President Steve Goldman, DPM, will testify before the VA House Committee, Subcommittee on Health about key legislation that would help to address ongoing delays in access to quality care at the Veterans Health Administration (VHA).

  • May 1, 2017

    APMA submitted comments to CMS on April 24, addressing the proposed cost measures for episode groups for MIPS reporting in 2018. The bulk of APMA’s comments focused on the acute inpatient medical condition episode groups, the chronic condition episode groups, and the procedural episode groups, as we believe those are most inclusive and readily usable by podiatric physicians.

  • May 1, 2017

    The period for physician review and dispute of 2016 Open Payments data ends on May 15. While physicians are not required to review this data, it is strongly recommended that they do so and file any disputes prior to the May 15 deadline, as the data will be published on the Open Payments website on June 30.

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February

January

2016

December

  • December 21, 2016

    HMP Communications (HMP) and the North American Center for Continuing Medical Education (NACCME), executors of the annual Symposium on Advanced Wound Care (SAWC) Spring and Fall meetings, are again offering a Wound Care Podiatrist Scholarship. The scholarship is open to any APMA member who has demonstrated exceptional clinical skills and an intense dedication to caring for patients with wounds.

  • December 19, 2016

    APMA submitted comments to CMS on December 19 regarding the finalized rule for the Medicare Quality Payment Programs, the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Advanced Alternative Payment Model (APMs).

  • Reflect and Enjoy: A Message from Dr. Christina
    December 19, 2016

    Practicing medicine today is so extremely challenging that we often spend a lot of energy focusing on all that is wrong with our current health-care delivery system.

  • December 19, 2016

    All resolutions must be submitted to APMA Executive Director and CEO James R. Christina, DPM, by January 18, 2017.

  • December 19, 2016

    The National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners (NBPME) commissioned a practice analysis study to update the Part I & II Examinations.

November

October

September

  • CMS Raises the Bar for Coding Accuracy October 1
    September 26, 2016

    When ICD-10 was adopted on October 1, 2015, CMS instructed Medicare contractors to not deny claims billed under the Part B physician fee schedule through either automated medical review or complex medical record review based solely on the specificity of the ICD-10 diagnosis code as long as the provider used a valid code from the correct family. This policy will end on October 1, 2016.

  • September 26, 2016

    In response to a number of questions and feedback from members, APMA has created an FAQ page, with a printable PDF version, for the final section 1557 notification. View the document today to prepare your office for the October 16 compliance deadline.

  • CMS Announces MACRA Implementation Plan
    September 8, 2016

    CMS announced today that it will allow physicians participating in MACRA’s Quality Payment Program four options to comply with the first year of the law and avoid penalties. APMA, along with other physician specialties, have called on CMS to delay implementation and provide more flexibility in the program.

  • September 1, 2016

    You can now view many of the lectures from The National 2016.

August

July

June

May

April

March

  • APMA Sponsors Capitol Hill Briefing on Limb Salvage
    March 29, 2016

    APMA sponsored a briefing on Capitol Hill underscoring for legislators and staffers the critical importance of podiatrists in diabetic limb salvage and promoting the Helping Ensuring Life- and Limb-Saving Access to Podiatric Physicians (HELLPP) Act.

  • Paul Kinberg, DPM, Accepts Award of Excellence
    March 21, 2016

    Paul Kinberg, DPM, was honored with the Award of Excellence on Sunday, March 20. Dr. Kinberg was nominated by Leslie Campbell, DPM. The award is presented to members in good standing in recognition of outstanding national accomplishments in scientific, professional, or civic endeavors. Nominees must have demonstrated outstanding service to APMA.

  • APMA Remembers Oliver “Ollie” Foster, DPM, at HOD
    March 20, 2016

    The APMA House of Delegates took time on Saturday to honor the memory of past Delegate Oliver “Ollie” Foster, DPM, of California, who passed away last week. The APMAPAC Kaplan-Clarke-Foster Practice Management Seminar is named in honor of Dr. Foster, who was an avid supporter of the PAC.

  • Dr. Caporusso Receives Distinguished Service Citation
    March 20, 2016

    APMA President Phillip. E. Ward, DPM, presented APMA Past President Joseph Caporusso, DPM, with the Distinguished Service Citation on Saturday at the 96th Annual APMA House of Delegates in Washington, DC.

  • Glenn B. Gastwirth, DPM, Honored with Namesake Award
    March 20, 2016

    Former APMA Executive Director and CEO honored at 2016 APMA House of Delegates meeting.

  • House of Delegates Welcomes Special Guests
    March 20, 2016

    The 96th APMA House of Delegates (HOD) meeting convened yesterday in Washington, DC.

  • R. Daniel Davis, DPM, Installed as APMA President
    March 20, 2016

    On Sunday, March 20, R. Daniel Davis, DPM, was installed as president of APMA by Marc Lederman, DPM. Dr. Davis addressed the house, outlining APMA’s accomplishments and his goals for the coming year. He promised his high energy and passion for podiatry as the cornerstone of his presidency.

  • Rising Star Award
    March 20, 2016

    APMA President Phillip E. Ward, DPM, honored Dyane Tower, DPM, MPH, MS, with the Rising Star Award on Saturday.

  • Get Hands-On Surgical, Ultrasound Experience
    March 17, 2016

    For those podiatrists looking for more in-depth learning than a standard lecture when they attend a foot and ankle conference, The National offers three hands-on workshops.

  • Attending The National Will Benefit Your Practice
    March 8, 2016

    APMA members describe what they take back to their practice after attending The National.

February

  • February 29, 2016

    Registry reporting remains a significant aspect of the CMS EHR Incentive Program and Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), and will continue to be into the future with the Merit-based Incentive Payment System. In order to meet meaningful use requirements (Objective 10 Measure 3) eligible professionals must submit their intent or connect to a specialty registry by today, February 29.

  • House Passes APMA's VA Legislation
    February 9, 2016

    APMA is pleased to inform its members that HR 3016, the VA omnibus bill that includes APMA’s VA Provider Equity Act, has passed the US House of Representatives. Among other improvements to the VA health-care system, this legislation recognizes podiatrists as physicians and thus provides veterans with greater access to care provided by a podiatrist. Now is the time to use APMA eAdvocacy and urge your senators to do the right thing for veterans and pass the companion bill, S 2175.

  • APMA Executive Director Invites You to The National 2016
    February 5, 2016

    APMA Executive Director and CEO James R. Christina, DPM, invites you to attend The National 2016.

2015

May

  • APMA Testifies Before House VA Subcommittee on Health
    May 19, 2015

    APMA Director of Young Physicians’ Programs Nichol Salvo, DPM, testified on behalf of APMA before the US House Veterans Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Health, last week. Her focus was on how disparity within the VA hinders recruitment and retention of podiatrists.

April

March

  • 95th House of Delegates Meeting Opens in Washington, DC
    March 22, 2015

    APMA’s 95th House of Delegates meeting convened in Washington, DC, on Saturday, March 21.

  • House of Delegates Welcomes Special Guests
    March 22, 2015

    The 95th APMA House of Delegates (HOD) meeting convened yesterday in Washington, DC.

  • James A. Lamb Accepts President’s Award
    March 22, 2015

    Frank Spinosa, DPM, presented his President’s Award to James A. Lamb, retired executive director of the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery (ABFAS), in recognition of his 18-year tenure at ABFAS and his many contributions to the profession.

  • Phillip E. Ward, DPM, Installed as President
    March 22, 2015

    On Sunday, Phillip E. Ward, DPM, was installed as president by his daughter Meredith Ward, DPM. Dr. Ward addressed the House of Delegates and shared his goals for his presidency.

  • APMA Selects James R. Christina, DPM, as Next Executive Director and CEO
    March 21, 2015

    APMA is pleased to announce that James R. Christina, DPM, has been confirmed as its new executive director and CEO. Dr. Christina was selected after a lengthy national search process conducted by JDG Associates executive search firm and confirmed by the House of Delegates today during its annual meeting.

  • Bipartisan Medicare SGR Overhaul Bill Unveiled in Congress
    March 20, 2015

    On March 19 leaders in the US House of Representatives and the US Senate released bipartisan, bicameral legislation to replace the broken Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula with an improved payment system that rewards quality, efficiency, and innovation. The bipartisan, bicameral bill seeks to end the cycle of annual ‘doc fix’ crises that have created uncertainty for millions of Medicare providers and beneficiaries for more than a decade and also create a system that promotes higher quality care for America’s seniors.

  • March 9, 2015

    Several podiatrists from different states alerted APMA last week that they have been victims of tax scams and possible identify theft. After further research by APMA, it appears that the same or similar tax scam schemes have targeted all types of medical providers.

  • HELLPP Act Reintroduced in 114th Congress
    March 4, 2015

    HR 1221/S 626, The Helping Ensure Life- and Limb-Saving Access to Podiatric Physicians (HELLPP) Act, was introduced to the 114th Congress on March 4 by US Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Charles Schumer (D-NY) in the Senate and US Reps. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) and Diana DeGette (D-CO) in the House. The bipartisan HELLPP Act includes multiple comprehensive reforms that will enable podiatric physicians to continue to save lives, limbs, and health-care dollars. The net result of implementing these common-sense provisions would be significant improvements to patient access to quality foot and ankle care and tremendous savings for the Medicaid and Medicare programs.

February

  • APMA Affiliates Add Big Value with Small Group Discussions at The National
    February 18, 2015

    To enhance the already robust selection of tracks available through the educational program at The National, this year attendees will be able to receive additional focused knowledge through small group discussions hosted by APMA affiliates on Friday, July 24, from 1:30–5:30 p.m. The group discussions are designed for more intimate learning than general lectures and explore topics of specific interest to the affiliate host.

  • February 9, 2015

    APMA recently submitted a comment letter to CMS on the policies outlined in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) proposed rule. Concerns expressed include podiatric physician participation in ACOs and Medicare beneficiaries’ right to receive care outside of an ACO.

  • February 9, 2015

    The National Academies of Practice (NAP) is seeking nominations for deserving individuals to be inducted within its ranks. NAP is dedicated to affordable, accessible, coordinated quality health care for all. NAP believes that health-care practice that has an interprofessional foundation and addresses a person as a whole provides better health care and better preventive care.

  • Recent Residency Genesis Developments
    February 9, 2015

    CPME has approved new residency positions and a new residency program.

January

2014

October

  • October 16, 2014

    DME Medicare Administrative Contractors (MAC) published a notice stating that all four jurisdictions would be delaying implementation of recently finalized local coverage determinations (LCD) for pneumatic compression devices (PCDs). The scheduled effective date was November 1. DME MACs have not published a future effective date. These LCDs would have prevented podiatric physicians from prescribing PCDs regardless of the scope of practice in their respective states. The current LCD and related policy article will remain in effect.

  • APMA Young Physicians Discuss Leadership, Strategy at 2014 YPI
    October 12, 2014

    The 2014 APMA Young Physicians’ Institute (YPI) took place October 10–12 in Franklin, TN, at the headquarters of the Podiatry Insurance Company of America (PICA). During the three day meeting, more than 50 young physicians, residents, podiatric medical students, and APMA Trustees gathered for leadership training, practice management advice, and networking.

September

August

June

  • Gain Hands-on Experience at The National
    June 25, 2014

    The National will have two opportunities for attendees to gain hands-on training from renowned experts with an ultrasound workshop and ankle arthroscopy workshop. Attendance is limited, so register today!

  • June 6, 2014

    CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) released a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on May 20 that would allow providers participating in the EHR Incentive Programs (meaningful use) to use the 2011 Edition of certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT) for calendar and fiscal year 2014.

March

February

January

  • January 31, 2014

    APMA and the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons met with representatives of the CMS Center for Program Integrity and Office of Legislation, and Congressman Danny Davis (D-IL) last Tuesday about the Physician Payment Sunshine Act (PPSA) in the congressman’s office.

2013

December

  • December 18, 2013

    Participate in PQRS by December 31, 2013, or your Medicare Part B payments will decrease by 1.5 percent in 2015. Participation is easy; follow these steps to ensure you don't lose money.

November

October

  • APMA Signs Letter Supporting Sunshine Act Reporting Exemption
    October 30, 2013

    The Physician Payment Sunshine Act (OPEN PAYMENTS), section 6002 of the Affordable Care Act, requires drug, medical device, biological, and medical supply manufacturers to publicly report to CMS payments and other transfers of value made to physicians, including podiatrists.

August

  • August 12, 2013

    APMA is strongly opposed to CMS’ arbitrary omission of CPME from a list of accrediting and certifying entities under a Physician Payment Sunshine Act (PPSA) regulation that exempts indirect payments made to speakers at accredited or certified continuing medical education (CME) programs from reporting requirements.

  • TRICARE Proposed Rule to Allow DPMs to Prescribe, Dispense DME
    August 9, 2013

    A new proposed rule from the Department of Defense would allow podiatrists to prescribe and dispense durable medical equipment (DME). This is a regulation APMA has sought to change for more than five years.

July

April

March

  • March 18, 2013

    The House of Delegates heard from a task force that has been considering the future of the house and potential changes to the governing body of the association and its meetings.

  • March 11, 2013

    APMA has answered frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the Physician Payment Sunshine Act (PPSA). PPSA requires drug, medical device, biological, and medical supply manufacturers to disclose to CMS certain payments and other transfers of value made to physicians, including DPMs.

February

2012

December

November

  • First Ever DPM Elected to Congress
    November 7, 2012

    In a landslide victory, Brad Wenstrup, DPM, has won the Ohio second district congressional race by a 59-41 percent vote. Dr. Wenstrup is the first ever podiatrist to be elected to the US House of Representatives and APMA congratulates him on this victory.

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